Veronica Funk

Born on June 25, 1966 in Winnipeg and raised in Leaf Rapids, northern Manitoba, Veronica was greatly influenced by the Cree culture in which she was immersed.

As a young girl, on one of many trips up the Churchill River, she saw her first pictographs drawn on stone outcroppings high above the waterline, and yet so far down from the land above that she wondered how anyone could ever reach that place to draw, especially thousands of years ago. “This place north of 56, where I learned to survive in the wilderness as part of my public education, where we came together to celebrate the Winter Carnival, racing in snowshoes, baking bannock, watching the dog sled races, where we were raised to nurture nature, was a place that I never wanted to leave,” she recounts.

Now, years later, she has finally found a way to fill the hole left in her heart after she left the north.

Each one of her pieces represents an ephemeral and physical sacred vessel, filled with the images, colours and symbols of her memory.

Studying Art & Design at Red Deer College in Alberta, Funk has apprenticed with potters, stone sculptors and painters in Manitoba and spent a year creatively painting on a farm in Saskatchewan. But since turning professional in 1999, her singular goal is to create a sanctuary, a quiet place of contemplation, an offer of an inviting place to be still.

Combining simplicity, light and vibrant colour through the use of opaque and transparent acrylic glazes, she draws with her brush, slightly distorting and manipulating her subjects so as to share the beauty of imperfection, creating soft, sculptural forms, as she endeavors to capture the essence of spiritual light that is found from the forests of Emily Carr to the flowers of Georgia O’Keeffe.

Funk’s work has been exhibited across Canada and in the United States and is found in private and corporate collections around the world. She is an active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists and currently resides near the Rocky Mountains in Airdrie, Alberta.